Glycation and The Skin

What is glycation?

Glycation is the process of a glucose (sugar) molecule binding with a protein (collagen and elastin) molecule in the body, causing the protein structure to become stiff and eventually break.
These damaged structures are known as advanced glycation end products, or appropriately abbreviated as AGE’s.
Collagen and elastin are the fibers that keep the skin plump, taught and youthful. These fibers, once damaged are not easily replaced by the body.
Scientists have proven that a rise in blood sugar levels causes inflammation on a cellular level throughout the entire body.
This means when we eat processed or even natural sugary foods, that this will cause glycation in the skin, and this process helps to speed up aging and its negative effects.
Inflammation from this also causes free radicals to form which attack healthy compounds in the body. As if glycation alone wasn’t bad enough…

So what can you do about it?

Cutting down on sugar intake will prevent glycation damage.
combat free radicals you need antioxidants.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, causing them to become inactive.
Antioxidants should be taken in orally and can be found in foods like
berries, pomegranate, oranges , black plum, gala apples, sweet cherries, prunes, raisins, tomatoes, ginger, green  vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli and artichokes, nuts like pecans, walnuts, almonds, steel cut oats , quinoa, black beans, kidney beans and even chocolate (should be unprocessed dark and high in cacao content.)

Antioxidants can, and should also be applied topically to the skin. This can be things like vitamin A, C, E and certain extracts and enzymes that can be properly absorbed by the skin.
This will help combat free radicals and even help to reverse their negative effects on the skin, inside and out.

To read about even more info on free radicals and anitoxidants check out our blog "The Benefits Of Antioxidants" here:

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